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Gridmaker for DX Atlas


Posted: July 14th, 2016 under Hamradio, Software.

6m_aurora_29_may_2010 As I enjoy programming, I sometimes make small tools that may be useful to other people. Most of them have been hamradio related. I decided to make my own tool for extracting gridsquares and fields from ADIF-files and make files for use in DX Atlas.

DX Atlas has a nice map, and worked/confirmed gridsquares can be marked on a map. You need to upload your adif-file, choose band, and you will get a zip-file containing two files in return. Open these files in DX Atlas, and you will get a map like the one on the picture attached here.

To try out the tool, go to http://la8aja.com/gridmaker.


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#149 worked on 6M with S01WS


Posted: July 12th, 2016 under 6M, Hamradio.

s01ws_qsl On June 12th, 6M opened again. S01WS was spotted in big parts of Europe. I have never heard them before, and I know several LA’s have worked them. I also missed them when several LA’s worked them on F2.

I started hearing bits and pieces on SSB, but I struggled with some intermittent noise on the frequency. Finally they came up enough to get a contact. That was #149 on 6M. A few hours later, they changed to CW, and I managed to work them on that mode too. Afterwards, I heard that they were using 10W and a dipole. No wonder I haven’t heard them before. The double-hop conditions must have been quite good today.


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VE1PZ worked during an aurora on 6M


Posted: July 8th, 2016 under 6M, Hamradio, Soundclips.

ve1pz_qsl On June 5th, I noticed we had an ongoing aurora on 6M. I turned the yagi to the north and started listening on the band. I worked LA1NG in JP66 on SSB. He was very strong, and didn’t have the characteristic aurora on him. Instead it was more like auroral-e. LA4IX in Tromsø called me as well, but since it wasn’t my frequency, I lost him. The signals peaked at around 330 deg. This was quite unusual and the aurora was quite intense. I went to CW and started calling, and got a few calls from LA and SM. I also got a call from MM0BSM, and I turned the yagi a bit to around 300 degrees to peak his signal. When I finished with MM0BSM, I suddenly heard a VE station calling me. He had to repeat his call, and it turned out that it was VE1PZ on aurora. We quickly exchanged reports, and I called, hoping for more. Unfortunately, the opening went away after that.

VE1PZ heard me a little while after we worked, and I asked if he could record me. The recording can be heard below. VE1PZ said that the signal peaked at 350 degrees for him. They did have a good aurora at the same time. I have worked USA on aurora before, but that was way back in 2002 when we had F2. This was very fun, and openings like this is what makes 6M fun.

Soundclip:

LA8AJA 6M CW – aurora recorded by VE1PZ


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Timeplotter


Posted: July 5th, 2016 under Hamradio, Software.

timeplot This idea came into life after I read about MD0CCE plotting the time for all his contacts with USA on 6M. G0JHC wondered which tool he used. MD0CCE had done it manually. So I thought to myself that a tool like this is quite like my Distance Statplotter.

I modified my code, and here is my Timeplotter tool. You upload an ADIF-file, or a ZIP-file with an ADIF-file in it. You select which DXCC you want to see at which times you worked. And finally you select which band you want to plot. The intervalls are divided into 30 minutes. In the picture, you can see an example from my own log.


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#148 worked on 6M with 3B9FR


Posted: June 27th, 2016 under 6M, DX, Soundclips.

3b9fr_qsl The 6M sporadic-e season started out pretty early for me this year. Usually the good openings starts well into May.

On May 4th, I worked UB7K on 6M CW. Since Russia hasn’t been allowed on 6M, except for a few special cases, this was the first contact with Russia that had a valid licence. UB7K is also on LoTW, that means that I finally got Russia confirmed on 6M. A bit later that day, TEP lined up with sporadic-e. The surprise was that I could suddenly hear 3B9FR. After a few calls, I got him in the log for #148 on 6M. Robert is also on LoTW, so I got that one quickly confirmed as well.

On May 8th, we had a small aurora on 6M. I worked OH, LA, SM, ES, YL, OZ, OY and G.

On May 15th, I worked R6KA on 6M CW. He does also have a valid licence for 6M.

On May 21st, I worked SU1SK on 6M CW. SU is pretty rare on 6M, and I heard him for a while.

On May 25th, I worked IT9PQJ on 6M CW.

On May 26th, I worked EI, SV, OE, CN, C3 and Z3 on 6M.

On May 27th, I worked UN6T on 6M CW. I did copy 3A2MW with a good signal, but I could not break the pile-up. I still need 3A on 6M, and I have only heard a signal a few times from there. This was the best ever heard.

On May 29th, I got a surprise opening to Japan on 6M. I managed to two stations, and heard a few others. The opening didn’t last more than perhaps 10-15 minutes. That’s only my fourth opening to Japan on 6M.

On May 30th, I worked EX8M on 6M CW.

On May 31st, I had an opening to JT1CO on 6M. But I didn’t manage to work him. I was out for around 30 minutes, when I got him, another LA had worked him. I checked my CW Skimmer, and it was clear that I had copied him quite well. It only shows that 6M can be a frustrating band. You have to be in front of the radio all the time if you want to get all the action. This is just not possible.

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